Innovations & Impact
The OGE has been a leader in the movement of US graduate schools removing the GRE as a requirement for applying to our PhD program. In looking at PhD students’ admissions applications and productivity measurements, we found that the general GRE is an ineffective predictive tool. Around 300 biomedical science PhD programs now no longer require the GRE as part of the application process.
Career Development for PhD Students
Since 2006, the UNC Training Initiatives in Biomedical and Biological Sciences has been providing workshops and trainings to give students a full and rewarding graduate school experience and to prepare for a satisfying career. In 2014 TIBBS expanded significantly thanks to a 5-year, $1.8 million grant from the NIH known as the BEST Award, which stands for Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training. UNC was one of only 7 universities that received one of these awards. The new funds have helped us provide immersive training opportunities for a wide array of careers in addition to preparation for the traditional academic research track. That’s why we call it the Immersion Program to Advance Career Training, or ImPACT. The BEST Award has allowed us to expand our offerings for trainees, providing innovative career exploration, training, and experiential learning opportunities at UNC as part of 17 schools funded nationwide to help prepare trainees for fulfilling and exciting careers.
The OGE has also studied transferable skills and job satisfaction among science PhDs. We found particular skills gaps between graduate education and careers and proposed a training model to shrink these gaps.
Fostering an Inclusive Research Environment